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Spider-Man 2
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Directed By
Sam Raimi

Written By:
Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, Alvin

Cast:
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Bruce Campbell, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Gillies, Donna Murphy, Vanessa Ferlito, Ted Raimi

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)
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Movie Review by Zara
October 20th, 2008

I've made a lot of mention about how much I hated the first movie (lousy dialogue, incredibly poor acting, melodrama and a story change to the comic book that was crappy - he's supposed to date Gwen Stacy first and drop her to her death, that's far more interesting) and how much the third movie was horrible but at least had the good sense to make me laugh with Spidey turning emo on us.

But the second of the series was actually a delight to watch. Overly long, as all of the SPIDER-MAN movies are, this didn't feel as such. Using the emotional anchor of Alfred Molina's portrayal of Doc-Oc and the lifeline of James Franco (overlooked so much in the series, it's rather sad), the film scored by being more realistic to people's feeling and emotions, rather than overreaching.

Finally including Gwen (a blonde Bryce Dallas Howard who looked stunning) but not as she was intended, at the very least I can applaud Raimi for including her, even if completely out of the comic book's context. The less of Kirsten Dunst, the better. And by far my favorite scene was the stopping of the speeding train, in which the director helps to show that the normally idiotic members of the whole of society gain both hearts and consciences. How can someone NOT love that symbolic gesture?

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